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Susan M. Abrams, M.A.CCC-SLP is the founder and director of CCL. She is a pediatric Speech – Language Pathologist with over thirty years experience evaluating and treating children with speech, language and social learning disorders in Montgomery County. She is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Maryland in speech language pathology. She holds a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from Hofstra University and a Masters of Education in Counseling from George Washington University.

She is recognized as one of Maryland’s most respected therapists in the area of social thinking having completed the Social Thinking clinical training program with Michelle Garcia Winner CCC-SLP, in San Jose, California. She has presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference, most recently in 2013 with Dr Judith Glasser, PhD. on Social Thinking Meets CBT. In addition, she has completed the NDT certificate course and treats children with neurological challenges. She has also trained in the areas of pre-speech and feeding with nationally and internationally known speech language pathologist Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D. and provides therapies in these areas.

Susan is the founder of Parent University, which sponsors dynamic speakers in the fields of health, psychology and education for the community. Be Social Kids Workshops is a unique program she developed to provide families with a toolbox for assisting their children to navigate the social world.

She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA), and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA). She is a recipient of ASHA’s ACE Award for excellence in continuing education, dedicating a commitment to lifelong learning. In addition to her clinical expertise, she has been an adjunct instructor at the Johns Hopkins University.


Robin Ballou M.S. CCC-SLP is an American Speech, Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Maryland licensed Speech Language Pathologist.  She has been a practicing speech language pathologist since 1994 in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. She received her undergraduate degree at Cortland State University of New York and her Master of Science at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York.  Her areas of expertise include oral motor and feeding therapy and autism. She currently is a speech language pathologist in the Infant and Toddler Program in the public schools. Robin brings a unique perspective, being a parent of a child who has benefitted from early intervention.


Laura  Levin, M.S.,CCC.SLP, is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Speech Language Pathologist. She is certified by ASHA and licensed to practice in both Maryland and DC. Laura is an experienced  therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children from18 months old through adults treating speech, articulation, language, swallowing and voice disorders.

Ms. Levin received her Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from Emerson College in 1999 and obtained her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2002.

Beginning in 2004, Laura joined the Howard County Infants and Toddlers program working in early intervention,  providing therapy in both a home and school based setting for preschool children. Since 2007, Laura has worked in private practice providing therapy to pre-school and elementary school aged children.

She joined The Center for Communication and Learning team in 2017. Laura is PROMPT trained and Hanen certified.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling, reading, running and spending time with her husband and three children.


Samantha Pannone, M.A. CCC-SLP is an American Speech, Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Maryland licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Speech Pathology and earned a graduate certification in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University. Samantha’s passion is in working with young children and adolescents in the areas of articulation and language disorders, English Language Learning, fluency disorders, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and social pragmatic language challenges. In addition to working at The Center for Communication and Learning, she also works in the public schools.


Randi Rosenblatt, M.A., CCC-SLP – is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over ten years experience.  She is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Maryland in speech language pathology. She holds a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from George Washington University.

Randi is PROMPT trained and enjoys using these skills while working with children with apraxia and other articulation disorders.  She has presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference and leads the Be Social Summer Camp.

Randi’s work is focused on toddlers to pre-teens, assessing and treating a wide variety of speech and language disorders. Her clinical experience includes: apraxia, articulation, phonology, augmentative communication, language, and social thinking groups. She has worked in varied settings including private, public schools and in the home.


Mandy Shearer, M.A.,CCC-SLP is an American Speech, Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Maryland licensed Speech Language Pathologist.  She received her B.A. in Communication Disorders from Eastern New Mexico University and M.A. from The University of Northern Colorado in Speech-Language Pathology.  Mandy has 16+ years of working with individuals ranging from pre-school to adults with communication needs in a variety of settings (schools, clinics and hospitals) in and out of the United States.  Her awareness, respect and appreciation of cultures coupled with her professional knowledge has shaped the holistic approach she takes in working with individuals and families.  Mandy has the sheltered English immersion endorsement on her license and is passionate in working with individuals facing social-cognitive language and literacy challenges.